First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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The only way for most to understand what we go through day to day and year after year is to experience it themselves. We visit doctors, hospitals and require treatments because that's what we have to have to attempt to function and get through the day and in my case at times it's needed to get through the hour.
Pain care is a human right & if not upheld, then the FDA & DEA are committing torture crimes to those whose suffering is worse than death.
uDr. Charles, if you even are a dr, you sir should be ashamed of yourself! You drs should be sticking up for your pain pts, pain from DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS! What our government is doing to the chronically ill is GENOCIDE! This past week alone Ive read of 5 suicides and 3 who attemtped it, to ESCAPE THE SEVERE DEBILITATING PAIN! SUICIDE SHOULD NEVER BE AN OPTION WHEN THERE IS MEDICATION THAT WORKS FOR OUR PAINFUL CONDITIONS! Stating that dependence and addiction are one in the same shows you must have gotten your dgree out of the cracker jacks box. The DEA/government has NO right to come between a patient and their dr and what is prescribed. All hell will be breaking loose soon if this unethical, INHUMANE TORTURE ON AMERICAN CITIZENS CONTINUES! LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS ARE NOT THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEA FAILED WAR ON DRUGS AND YET WE ARE BEING FORCED A LIFE OF SEVERE PAIN UNTIL WE DIE! I pray all of you corrupt penpushers in Washington will know what severe never ending pain is like, or your loved ones, But then again you people are so corrupt you have drs and pharmacies in your back pockets and are not put thru the demeaning, degrading, abusive, neglectful and discrimination treatment. God sees all. You all will have the higher up to answer to for the many lives you have KILLED! INNOCENT LAW abiding chronically ill people are being sent to their graves because of your barbaric guidelines and stripping legitimate pain pts of our LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION! How do you people sleep at night knowing you are inflicting harm, pain and suffering onto the disabled, our VETS, WHO FOUGHT FOR YOUR DAM FREEDOM, our senior citizens, and people of all walks of life whose bodies are broken down with INCURABLE DEBILITATING CONDITIONS!! How do you sleep at night knowing that somewhere in this country another life is being lost to suicide due to INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF! Those deaths just go unnoticed right!? You are all so concerned about addicts, who CHOOSE TO ABUSE AND DESTROY THEIR BODIES, and probably most do NOT want your dam help! They will continue to abuse whatever they want. All these restricitions, and DENYING LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS OUR LIFESAVING MEDS IS NOT DOING A DAM THING TO CURB ADDICTION NOR WILL IT EVER! You people in Washington are to blame for the heroin taking over our country! You people in Washington and the DEA are probably the ones responsible for the heroin laced fentanyl and deadly pills surfacing killing so many people. Our government innfact poisoned alcohol during the prohibition of alcohol, killing thousands and thousands of people. I don't doubt for a second its our own government killing us. The DEA needs to be dismantled all they are doing is bringing more harm to the sick. NONE OF YOU CARRY A MEDICAL DEGREE SO WHYNTHE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHATS BEST FOR ME!? Limiting opiods to the same dose for all is UNACCEPTABLE! Do any of you take into account that every person tolerates pain and medication differently!? M
Dr Charles
Reset yourself, one day you will have chronic pain 24/7. Believe me, it will happen to you. Your life can change in a matter of a minute like mine did.
I'm sick of doctors like you.
I am a disabled vet with left renal vein entrapment syndrome that brought on pelvic congestion syndrome
These give me kidney pain left leg and foot pain extreme pain from my ovarian collateral veins it also gives me spinal pain from my spinal collateral veins not to mention that before this I already had a serious back injury that causes excruciating pain as well as sciatica now to top it off I have gallstones. One stone is huge and I'm in constant pain but I cannot have my gallbladder removed until I get a clearance from neurology which will take several months because they have to send me for testing for possible autonomic disorder from my left renal vein entrapment syndrome. I asked my doctor if he can give me for something for pain he told me I have to go to pain management and through no fault of my own have had to suffer for months like this. I can't live like this any longer this is nothing short of evil what the government and the doctors are doing do people like us
this petition has been here for 4 years? What a joke going nowhere
Dependence and addiction run a pretty close race.
Back pain has been remodeled and there will be no more opiates for back pain fibro. also. They have new nonopoid meds coming out for these and many other conditions and they do work. Try to reset your receptors because this is far from over. We will now live in a new opoid free world with many other alternatives.
Have lived with fibro.bad neck and back pain.
This is too little and too late, patients need to organize and make our position known.
Comment: have bad 3 & 4 disk in back as well as ciatica nerve
deductable for insurance is outrageous so i havent had anything to help with the pain..
iv tried all of the pain killers and oxycontin, deladid & fentanyl seem to be the only ones that get rid of the pain.
thank you for your timebi really hope you can help me with this horrible problem iv been haveing, life isent enjoyable anymore with this much pain everyday
I'm a disabled vet, USMC. I PAY for my family's medical treatment at Kaiser. I have been dealing with my pain for nearly 30 years. I worked with the USMC, VA and finally Kaiser for the first 10 years to work out an effective strategy for managing my pain so I can work for a living, which includes keeping Percocet available SHOULD I NEED IT. Irrespective thanks to the GOVERNMENT being the NANNY STATE, now Kaiser has decided to STOP providing my medicine (started ONLY because I got a new doctor because mine changed and went back to E.R.). The new doctors, hypnotized by the current administration, happily say we should start at square one AGAIN, Back 30 YEARS, BACK to the pain and non-stop ER visits and curled up in a ball on the floor, throwing up from the pain, throbbing migraine - All because some IDIOT her and there overdoes - the REST of us SUFFER? So NOT I can't work? Because Why?

What the hell is WRONG with you politicians. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY DOCTORS OFFICE.
And Doctors: QUIT BEING COWARDS!

Quality of life / being able to have a pain tolerable day IS A GOAL - NOT YOUR Arrogance saying "well.... you should just learn to live with it"..

STFU - YOU take this type of pain daily for NO REASON other than SOMEONE ELSES ARROGANCE.
What those who do not have to suffer from chronic pain do not realize is that dependence and addiction are not the same thing. Individuals with severe chronic pain depend on pain medication in order to live. These individuals do not use pain meds to get high like an addict, they take them to reduce their pain level so that they will be able to function like a somewhat normal human being for a period of time.
I've had RSD since 2004. Pain is rated higher than cancer pain on McGill pain chart. My meds have been reduced thanks to new rules and I no longer have quality life. I can't go anywhere or do anything spending most days in bed. Ibelieve they want pain patients to die. I have considered ending my life if no one will help.
3 neck surgery back shoulder leg 7 heart surgery now I need a new hip doc says I don't need pain meds my body will a just , my heart doc put me on pain meds 7 years ago after that no more heart attacks !!! now a can not do anything again I think my med doc should be libel if I die from a heart attack, I just want quality of live! doctors are KILLING people By not giving them there pain MEDS I wish these doctors could have my pain for one day
I must talk. My ex wife suffers from Asthma, Diabetes, neuropothy, degrenritive disc disease, saciatoc joint disease, chronic pain syndrone, poly ovarian cystis disease, radipulopothy daily. I was with her when a vehicle while she was at work hit her. I saw the corrupt workers compensation laws and the independent medical doctors who where paid to say she was fine. But after they survallanced her all the truth was seen.

After her lawyer gave poor advice she settled thinking she could get back to work with viciden, valium and other meds. This did not happen. She tried many jobs and could not move. Iv never known chronic pain. But watching her SCREAM, YELL, CRY, NOT BE ABLE TO THINK, MOVE, EAT, WASH, I SEE life in usa different. See i came here 20 years ago, thinking it was good.

Im sad to say this is not good. Doctors dictate what they want...she went to college, tried to get ahead. But her life ended when a volunteer fire fighter off duty ran a red light. After years of physical therapy and pain management doctors getting paid for shots that dont work, procedures that fail, surgeries that fail...one cant see the pain she is in daily.

Now she also has PTSD and bi-polar depression. She does not want to live anymore. I cant blame her. At 48, and that small pain med helped her so much doctors today feel she is a drug addict, she was a behavioral health director. Now, she cant work, cant live, blood pressure issues due to pain.

All i can do is try and get her out of USA. This country kills you from the am to pm. Taxes, parking on the st they are so desperate for a quarter. Omg. Politicians do not help. They abuse their power. She needs medication and even today when intook her to the 4th pain dr, they want to do procedures but give no pain med. The FDA needs to go. People are suffering. The leaders here need to lead not back away. People are crying in pain. This is how youbtreat a USA citizen?????

You need to do something now. Not tomorrow, now. Why are you discriminating against people in chronic pain where xrays, mri, bone scans, blood tests show chronic issues?? Your ignoring them, forcing them to suffer.

I will sign any lawyers who will start a lawsuit against the govermentment or FDA. An animal is allowed to be put down. But these people keep suffering when meds are available. You need to wake up. Other countries are much better. I pray for everyone. But now i need to leave USA. They have shown they do not care. God is watching them. I hope these rules change, if not when her death comes i will be holding everyone accountable. Thank you
I to have had Doc. turned me away even far as dropped me after years of being under there care saying that I too was a chronicle patient needing special care, hydrocephalus , Syringomyelia , fibromyalgia I was born with a birth defect , my brain scull was too small & the Brian was adding pain to the nurve & causing my whole body to go off track plus the fluid was dripping in my Spinal Cord.
Please start asking some real questions like are any real drug addicts no longer abusing drugs with these policies because we know that Prohibition does not work?If you take away a drug addicts drug of choice, in this case pills, they will turn to whatever they can find. Those are fact! The country is so concerned over the raise in heroin addiction and you will find, that the raise is directly connected to these policies as they will and are turning to heroin and now our government is supporting the Drug Cartels who will get a drug addict anything they want just as the "Mob's" did for alcohol. Did we learn nothing from history?

Why is the life of a drug addict more important than the lives of those who are in pain? This is about quality of life, a life that is worth living. Suicides are on the raise and will continue when that life is not worth living.

Why are politicians acting as doctors in the decisions of what is the best way to treat us?

Mothers can no longer care for their children and bread winners no longer able to support their families. Who is going to pay for that care and where will that money come from? Who is going to care for those like myself who strive to stay independent and live within the boundaries of our disabilities but can no longer do so without the pain relief we need?

Health Care in this country is going to fail under these policies and it must when doctors refuse to take on patients who are in pain, clinic are closing and good doctors can no longer treat their patients in the way they know is best without fear of prosecution? Who are they going to blame for this? Obama Care? Someone must be blamed for the failure of our health care system to deal with those who are in pain.

Chronic Pain is a disability and we are being discriminated against because of those who will and do abuse drugs just like any religion or race who is discriminated against because of the actions of a few. We need someone to stand for us, talk about us, do something for us in this losing war on drugs.

We are told that 13% of Veteran's abuse drugs but what about the 87% who need relief from pain and now can't get that relief? Chronic Pain can and does kill and those who can no longer deal with a life in pain 24/7 will take their own lives and Veterans are the most vulnerable after the horrors of war. America makes these Veterans and makes the pain they now live with and yet we are turning our backs on them and telling them there is nothing we can do for the pain they are in.

Why aren't pain patients given the same rights as others to decide what is the best care for their problems? Politics needs to stay out of our relationship between our doctors and the care we need.

Please do your jobs, do it right, look into the problems these policies are making that no one will talk about because of the fear of supporting drug addicts but we are NOT drug addicts, we are patients who need help.

Please look into the politics
I have been on Michigan Medicaid for 2 years now and have been dismissed by each doctor ive seen. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 11 years ago and im only 27. I was the youngest patient he'd diagnosed he said. Ive had doctors throw me out of their offices, telling me fibromyalgia is not a real illness/disease and that I am a drug seeker! No doctor will see me. During tax season I came up with $100 to see my old Hap insurance doctor who said ive delevoped Parathesia which is a symptom of an undiagnosed illness OR untreated illness such as MS, Lupus, RA, Fibro. It feels like a heart atrack. Left side numbness, terriable migraines but still no one will help me. Since the the birth of my son 22month's ago, everything has got worse for me and I cant take care of him the way I want like going outside to play, this is not a life. Please someone help. Doctors are paid to help, its not like their seeing me for free, they get paid. I am tired of hearing "I don't get paid enough to treat/help you.
I to have had Doc. turned me away even far as dropped me after years of being under there care saying that I too was a chronicle patient needing special care, hydrocephalus , Syringomyelia , fibromyalgia I was born with a birth defect , my brain scull was too small & the Brian was adding pain to the nurve & causing my whole body to go off track plus the fluid was dripping in my Spinal Cord.
Since 2010 i had a mva not my fault. The viciden allowed me to think, move , eat, live a sonewhat life. Now i needed to apply for social security. FDA you need to be fined for discrimination. You stopped my fundalmental rights and placed in in 24/7 chronic pain. Now im homeless, sick, crying in pain from disc disease, my blood pressure is so high at 48 i can have a stroke. I cant work now. 6 years i was on this medication, living a somewhat normal life and you took that away. I worked hard for my masters degree, you ended my life. Im not a drug person im living with chronic pain. Because of your actions. But you wont understand this until you, ur kids, grandkids, wife must suffer. I hope they do so you will feel this. All this so you can keep ur jobs. But drugs like lipitor giving diabetes to people and massive lawsuits you dont care. Ok. Well im gonna fight until im dead, i will find lawyers to sue your asses, and get you fired. This FDA must be closed. They only do harm daily. Sit on their asses and try to keep their jobs. In pennsylvania your allowing me to buy this on the streets. You think im a drug addict, ********. Iv never been one and wont be. But now im not contributing to society as i cant move, fubction due to pain. I hate you so much. I do. I pray lawyers read this forum and start a class action law suit. Because you have stripped my constituional rights away. I am so very sick and had spinal procedures done. Before i die i will make sure you *******s suffer. Just like your making others suffer. Go screw yourself cause with karma you will pay the ultimate price. Wait and see
It is so unfair to treat pain patients like drug seekers, just because they are looking for medication to "take the edge off" their pain so they can function in daily life. We deserve medical care just as much as someone with another medical ailment. We should not have to be forced into choosing illegal drugs or even suicide because we cannot face another day in pain.
As a 22yrs old crohnic pain patient who has been to hell and back and has been in a place where I found myself thinking suicide would be better then what i deal with daily.
I can strongly say that this issue needs to be adressed instead of shoving it under the rug and continuing down the path we are on as a national healthcare system!
56y/o w/m denied pain meds for testing positive for THC. I need Lortab 5/325 #3 per day. Not much. Can't get it. Can't do any normal activities without them i.e., mow, do dishes, laundry, etc.
I have severe spinal arthritis 10 ruptured discs, the rest are bulging, spurring, stenosis with 3 areas of persistent radiculopathy including the left ulnar nerve root (left arm), T10, abdominal radiation, and L leg sciatica. I also have Calcific Tendinitis in my shoulders, forearms, and knees.
There is a lot of pain. I have never abused my meds, took them on and off when needed for 13 years, and not that I am disabled and out of work, I can not get them because I tested pos for THC. This is absolutely unacceptable.
I am a retired 20 year vet.
There is now extreme discrimination against patients on chronic pain medications and it is almost impossible for us to get help from physicians for other issues. I was having extreme pain in my lower abdomen and I went to the ER. I was told flat out that I was only there to get pain meds. I explained that I HAD pain meds for treatment of herniated disks and I had no reason to come to the hospital for them, that I was having pain in my lower abdomen. They did nothing. I then tried to go to a regular physician who likewise did not take me seriously. I tried another ER--same thing. I cried and said, "I am not asking for pain medication. Don't give me any, just find out what is wrong!" I was in so much pain, but again I was sent away without a single test being done. I went to another physician and five more ERs. By this time I was told that I was "dr. shopping" even though I explained I had not asked for pain meds from any of the doctors, only for someone to find out why I was in pain. I had one ER dr tell me that the only problem with me was my psychosis--that I was so desperate for meds that I was imagining pain in other parts of my body! Again, I said I am not desperate for meds BECAUSE I AM NOT OUT OF THEM!!! He still laughed at me and sent me home. Finally, reluctantly, a dr. did an ultrasound and found out that for the last 14 months of trying to get help I had growing tumors and fibroids in my uterus and ovaries and was taken in for an emergency hysterectomy which now had to include my ovaries because the fibroid growth went untreated for so long. I now can no longer have any more children and have to deal with the hormonal issues that come from no longer having ovaries. Oh, I forgot to mention the time in between when I was having strange momentary black-out spells and called 911. Because I had already been to the ER that paramedic team dealt with and was "flagged" they almost didn't even take me to the hospital. The captain kept saying that I wasn't going to get any "drugs" at the hospital. I explained I did not need any, I still had my prescription and even brought out my bottle with the meds still in it. (Why would I have to go to the hospital for "drugs" when I had them at home??) Finally, they put me in the ambulance and once again the captain got in the back with me, leaned over me, pointed his finger in my face and yelled at me telling me that I was wasting everyone's time because I was not getting drugs and I needed to change my mind, get out of the ambulance and stop wasting everyone's time because there were "real emergencies" out there. I refused and said I was going because I was scared of my symptoms. At the hospital I found out that I was having multiple seizures from my electrolytes being imbalanced (I live in AZ and apparently I had actually drank too much water, making my sodium levels too high causing seizures). I was admitted and treated, but even while in the hospital no one would take a look at my
Please end the War On Pain Patients!
Please do not punish the many for the careless acts of the few. Do not make those who suffer from pain, also suffer to get relief.
My PCP Doctor and my Specialist are taking good care of me!!!! WITHOUT your help!! Get it, BUTT OUT of the care of me!!!
I, too, suffer from chronic pancreatitis, which has been described as one of the most painful conditions a human can endure. My dose of meds has been decreasing over the last 18 months. I now have a great dr who writes them, but there is no way she could increase them. It's not her. Her hands are tied by the bureaucrats at the top. I'm grateful for what I get. Without pain meds, I would have no quality of life. They are targeting the wrong people in this war on opioids abuse. It's not chronic pain patients who are the abusers. I was told by my dr when I saw her today that they have been told to prescribe Narcan for all patients on narcotics by their management team. I live in the Mpls, MN metro areas. She specifically mentioned Prince's death being caused by a self-administered unintentional overdose as one of the reasons for this. I haven't gotten the rx from the pharmacy yet. I wonder how much it will cost. I'm on Medicare. Not sure if they will pay for it or not. The stress of being a chronic pain patient gets worse each month!
I suffer from chronic pancreatitis and chronic UTI's and when this happens at the same time it is excruciating. The pancreatitis is an absolute horrible pain and I suffer on a daily basis. I am on a low grade opioids and only take it when I can not stand the pain. Usually once or twice a day. There are occasions when I do have to take it the 3 times a day. If I had to live with this pain not sure what I would do. If I would have to go to ER everyday for medication it would effect insurance costs, not to mention they would give me something stronger than I take at home.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
Stop victimization of chronic pain sufferers, they endure enough already and are seeking help, not shame and pain.
I have had chronic pancreatitis for over 11 years. In the beginning I gave in to pressure to not take pain meds and suffered greatly. I feel traumatized by the memories of laying there sobbing in agony. I now work closely with my pain mgmt team and while my pain is never gone, it is somewhat subdued. If my meds were taken from me I fear I would have little choices available to me. I know I could not continue with the type and amount of pain pancreatitis causes me. Addiction needs to be addressed but this is not the answer.
My PCP Doctor and my Specialist are taking good care of me!!!! WITHOUT your help!! Get it, BUTT OUT of the care of me!!!
I suffer daily with chronic pancreatitis and not one doctor will help with this crippling pain! I am not a drug addict, I just want to be able to live a semi normal life like eating, sleeping leaving my house.
I had a bad accident at work 11 years ago. I had a simple surgery (my doc. At the time own words ). The surgery was botched and I am now partially disabled by this. I have over 3 inches of bone missing from my shoulder girdle and I live in constant pain. There is only 1 pain management dr. In my area and I've been seeing him for over 8 years. I take my meds as prescribed everyday. I don't sell them or give them away and I do not loan my medication for someone to get by till they get their meds. I am constantly being accused of selling or giving away my meds. The in office drug tests that I take at every visit show no substances in my system but the test manufacturers say that the test will throw a false negative if there is to much or not enough of the drug in ur system. The conditions have to be within the tests scope to read correctly. I have a very high metabolism as does my father, so the meds burn off quickly. Which I was also told by the test manufacturer would cause a false negative.

I was so upset at the fact that the dr. Accused me of selling my meds., I did the research myself. Stress causes pain to amplify and I sure don't need any added stress, but it didn't stop there. Apparently, the DEA is putting so much pressure on doctors, that you now have to go into your dr. Office every month to pick up your prescriptions. I'm still not done with the stress, because now, my dr. Office says I have to pay $5 a month to get my prescriptions because the DEA charges them for the extra paperwork they have to do to give the monthly prescriptions. Medicare doesn't pay for it and neither do private insurances. So my stress level is at a 20 out if a 10 possible. So what causes pain to increase? The doctor office accusing without finding out why tests are wrong. The DEA putting so much pressure on the doctors to the point they have to charge their patients for out of pocket non-covered items and the patient being made to feel like a criminal for being in constant pain.

Something has to give here. I'm tired of telling myself it will get better when I don't see a switch to turn on the light at the end of the tunnel. When a chronic pain patient gives up hope of ever being out of pain, of ever having a semi pain free day and all they can do is sit and cry in pain on a daily basis, considering suicide is the only answer, the only way out of pain! There's seriously something wrong with the system!
Please consider the group of people who deal
With chronic pain on a daily basis. The majority of
Is don not abuse the medications due to who
Wants to live in pain? I take mine exactly as prescribe, don't dr shop, but yet I'm considered a what???
I suffer from Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (no cure), Fibromyalgia, Gastroparesis and many other issues. I live in CHRONIC PAIN 24/7. I am not an addict, I do not depend on my pain meds as they only make life doable. Stop treating me like a druggie.
I am a chronic pain suffer. I've been in pain for most of my adult life. Up until a few years ago I was able to manage my pain with OTC MEDS, but in 2009 I had to have back surgery. I was actually pain free for a couple of years, then my legs started hurting, then my back went out. Since then I suffer in horrific pain everyday. I have severe OA in my spine, hips, knees and know shoulders. I also have a Syringmyelia starting to put pressure on the my nerves, along with chronic radiculopathy. Without pain medication I am unable to move. I still try and work everyday, (on restriction)I'm not ready to give up yet. I do alternative therapies but pain medication work with them to keep me going.
Taking away pain medication from people like me will not stop addicts from getting high. It will only hurt people like me from living.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.
I get that there are some people who want pain meds just for the hell of it but there are many more people who are suffering with the most painful diseases you can have. Unless you have walked in my shoes you have no right to judge me or threaten my doctors for treating me.
DEA should look into Dr. Carlos Martinez D.O. in Rancho Cucamonga 91739 as he is a pain management doctor who WON'T prescribe pain meds ands calls you and addict to your face on your 1st visit by reading 1 page of history of your life's struggles with pain. Pushes injections because that is his specialty which if he read my full report I had done n still was given pain medication along with it.
He should be closely looked into cause he will lead many chronic pain suffers to consider suicide!
I have chronic pain and have been on the same dose of pain meds for 6 years and it does not work anymore my doctor keeps putting me thought the injections and physical therapy and sends me to nu

Neurosurgeons and they say nothing g can be done but control
The pain and I can not get her to increase it to control it do not know what else to do thinking about just going and getting on methadone at Lest they well take u up
I have had two vertebra s replaced and I have a bone and join diseas digenative bones the vertebras that they replaced have post operative changes iswhat the last MRI said and I did the injections like my doctor wanted and and he hit something in my neck it made my arm jerk and it hurt like hell and it was suppose to be numb Food not feel the first two but I felt the last one and I have been in severe pain ever since and the morphine is not working been to hospital so it is getting were you can not get any help in
unless you go on the streets I hope the DEA could walk in my shoes for a few years and see how they would react
I have chronic pain and have been on the same dose of pain meds for 6 years and it does not work anymore my doctor keeps putting me thought the injections and physical therapy and sends me to nu

Neurosurgeons and they say nothing g can be done but control
The pain and I can not get her to increase it to control it do not know what else to do thinking about just going and getting on methadone at Lest they well take u up
I have had two vertebra s replaced and I have a bone and join diseas digenative bones the vertebras that they replaced have post operative changes iswhat the last MRI said and I did the injections like my doctor wanted and and he hit something in my neck it made my arm jerk and it hurt like hell and it was suppose to be numb Food not feel the first two but I felt the last one and I have been in severe pain ever since and the morphine is not working been to hospital so it is getting were you can not get any help in
unless you go on the streets I hope the DEA could walk in my shoes for a few years and see how they would react
I'm a 39 year old family man that is in pain constantly! I was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis and lumbar spinal stenosis 4 years ago, I have tried every option out there and absolutely nothing worked.
I was finally put on Norco, which helped out a lot , I never sold or gave them away, would have been extremely stupid because I have to have them.
I'm a law biding citizen , and now I feel like I'm walking into a prison and being profiled by the doctor's now .....this is no way to live a life .
Please listen to the people you are supposed to help and protect.
By waging war on people that have chronic pain ain't going to change anything except hurt us even more .
Doesn't the DEA have bigger fish to fry? I mean come on ! This whole situation is B.S..
Please correct this hell you people have created!
Thank you.
Where dose this leave a person like me ? Nerve damage . The dea scares doctors not to treat pain , I have no doctor . My pain makes me wish for death because itís untreated, I never had problems with opiods never abused never needed rehab never needed to slowly stop taking them . They just helped with pain . Seems there is never a mention of people with nerve damage just addicts and abusers . I did try to take my life because of this never ending pain , they say this is a behavior problem? To not be treated while forced to have mandatory health care insurance and Iím the one with the problem ? So I should lay in bed in pain the rest of my days and not get treatment and if I donít like it I have a behavior problem? Not crazy,not an addict, not an abuser,just a patient with no doctor and no medicine.
The DEA takes no oath to first do no harm and they are creating a sort of terrorism in this country. To wage war places people in a paranoid state, it creates terror within. It is using those who are so afflicted they can not move, and creating terror in the minds of all of those who suffer, in those around them, and in the general public. But could this be strategic??? Anyone knows that before there was drug abuse there existed child abuse. Until that is fixed we will have a drug problem, but it is NOT the pain patient who should be watched. God knows Iím not giving away or selling that which saves me every day of my medically inflicted life. Think about that. It is the DEA NOT doing an appropriate job, not having an expanded vision of peace and compassion. We are a very sick country so bring on the drugs if u r not going to stop the pain and let it be. It worked for my grandfather who was only a country doctor, and for his father and for his father. And now you come into my life and designate my treatment, and you are not my physician. Just who the hell is the DEA and what is their vision? U have a responsibility to the people to serve the people legitimately, and yet you refuse... I will stop here. Thanks for listening.
I had my first back surgery when I was 17 years old. I had a fusion performed a few years later, unfortunately only one side held. I have had chronic back pain and panick attacks since. I take my medication as prescribed, I give a drug screening every month, and have had random pill counts. Every thing has always been fine as I do not abuse my medicine. It gets me through the day. I could probably get onto disability and not work at all, but with the help from my doctor and pain management clinic I am able to work, rather than live off of the government. I understand these rules and changes are in place to protect people, but not everyone that is prescribed a narcotic is a criminal. It was hard enough when I had to start taking one day each month to go to the doctor, which meant more money spent and a day's pay lost.

When did common sense go completely out the window? The people that abuse this system are now only going to get worse. You are creating a larger black market for these narcotics. You will see an increase in ER visits, possibly even robberies (I pray that is not the case, but it is a possibility). Please, someone needs to hear and be the voice for the patients that will or have dealt with chronic pain or serious illness and don't abuse the system. However they still need to be able to see a doctor without being treated as a criminal.

I sincerely hope you hear the voices and concerns on this petition and respond accordingly to what is best for our country.
Had chronic neck pain Dr says won't prescribe pain meds all this will do is force me to the "streets" where drug dealers will profit,the cdc and DEA interference will exacerbate opiate abuse not alleviate it
My husband suffers from a chronic, horribly painful disease. He has been put through HELL to get help. My daughter has painful scoliosis and she is going thru the same thing. This is inhumane and cruel, people have a right to live with as little pain as possible.
Please do not punish the many for the careless acts of the few. Do not make those who suffer from pain, also suffer to get relief.
I had back surgery last month and my doctors will not give me my pain medication. How absolutely rediculious is that??? I was told if I'm in pain next month that I'm going to be in big trouble....unbelieveable
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Like many other chronic pain patients, I suffer daily excruciating pain, only lessened by my opiate prescription medications. I had my first job at age 13, and I had to resign from a lucrative job at age 27 because I have MS, crushed vertebrae which was made worse by a botched vertebroplasty, where liquid cement was leaked into my disc space and,then hardened. I essentially have a rock in my spine! I have tried every kind of non narcotic pain relief method available! Nothing has helped except for opiate meds. Ironically, I graduated at the top of my class, with honors from one of the top criminal justice schools in the US, with plans for law school and now I must urinate in a cup like a common criminal. I need opiates to live some semblance of a life,just like a diabetic needs insulin. I have been on pain meds for over ten years, since two weeks after giving birth. I am now 38 and because of my young age have been through hell to prove in this last decade of pain that I never get high,nor do I abuse medications. EVER. These new regulations are merely going to make the meds on the street worth more money and cause more criminal acts associated with illegal procurement! In addition, the innocent, law abiding people in real pain can only suffer so long. There will be more suicides. Before my pain was managed I fought for years but I was at the end of my rope and almost ended it. I fought for my young son and husband and thankfully found a doctor to help me. Unfortunately his hands are now tied by the DEA, CDC, etc. There are millions of us responsibly using our pain meds. We shouldn't be punished for the thousands abusing them. That's like prohibiting alcohol because some people are alcoholics! Not to mention, are these urine tests unreasonable search and seizures?! This war on chronic pain patients has to stop before more people die....or there will be more than just addicts and celebrities who overdose dead. Pain does kill! Those of us legitimately in pain every day urge you to scrutinize the ramifications these regulations will and ARE having. I have accepted I will not be able to have a career in justice, but I would like to see my son grow up. I cannot do that without pain relief.
Thank you.
This is inhumane! Like many other chronic pain patients, I suffer daily excruciating pain, only lessened by my opiate prescription medications. I have MS, crushed vertebrae which was made worse by a botched vertebroplasty, where liquid cement was leaked into my disc space and next vertebrae, then hardened. I essentially have a rock in my spine! I have tried every kind of non narcotic pain relief method available! Nothingreat has helped except for opiate meds. I HATE that I need opiates to live some semblance of a life, but I do,just like a diabetic needs insulin. I have been on pain meds for over ten years, since two weeks after giving birth. I am now 38 and because of my young age have been through hell to prove in this last decade of pain that I never get high,nor do I abuse medications. EVER. These new regulations are merely going to make the meds on the street worth more money and cause more criminal acts associated with illegal procurement! In addition, the innocent, law abiding people in real pain can only suffer so long. There will be more suicides. Before my pain was managed I fought for years but I was at the end of my rope and almost ended it. I fought for my young son and husband and thankfully found a doctor to help me. Unfortunately his hands are now tied by the DEA, CDC, etc. There are millions of us responsibly using our pain meds. We shouldn't be punished for the thousands abusing them. That's like prohibiting alcohol because some people are alcoholics! Not to mention, are these urine tests unreasonable search and seizures?! This war on chronic pain patients has to stop before more people die....or there will be more than just addicts and celebs who overdose dead. Pain does kill!
This is yet another absurdity regarding the medical industrial complex. To categorically tell patents they do not prescribe medication but use epidural steroid injections is credible evidence that these "practitioners" prefer prescribing an expensive (and often ineffectual) course of injections. This way there are three people in the money chain: the doctor, the facility where the procedure is performed, and (at least) an anesthesiologist. It seems that there are more and more hands out asking for money. It's all about the money and the hell with the patient!

I have had a medical office who initially out me on a long term pain medication (who I had to stop seeing due to insurance changes), and who I called once they were back in network tell me "we do not prescribe medications -- only injections." This is inexcusable! They put me on this medication so they bear some responsibility in this matter. But to refuse to even look at my latest laundry list of MRI reports is criminal in my mind.

I have documented issues that I have had for over 15 years. To now deny me the medications that help me live an acceptable quality of life is insanity at its worst.

Ideally, I feel that any"practitioners" who categorically refuse chronic pain patients, for which they were prescribing said medications, deserve close scrutiny from a local medical review board and possible censure.

Please fix this fiasco! This is clear overreaction to this problem!

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